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Taking a wait and see approach is not undercutting the performance.
Agreed. But posts in this thread, like these do:
"Scored 5 points less than the season average and that included 3 turnovers." And
"... what amounts to a de facto home game"
Look. If you wish to be less than upbeat or enthusiastic about them and their prospects for next year, be my guest. I just happen to be pleased about Applewhite to OC. I have hope that our OL will progress next year. Ash should be better in a more spread offense. I have hopes that Manny has and will continue to figure stuff out. He's a smart guy. He has better players on the field now. The LB's have gotten better. They bent and broke less and as frequently as the season passed.
The team is young and should only get better next year. I was pleased that for the first time in a while, you couldn't really say, "well the O (or D) won that game." It was a total team effort.
I get frustrated sometimes with the mentality I see from several posters on the board that always fail to see any improvement at all from 2010 and think the team is merely treading water. Or at least go out of their way to re-focus everyone on the flaws with every single post they make. The team has and continues to progress, admittedly not as quickly or as thoroughly as we all wish.
We almost doubled up their scoring defense all games average. 31.7 against ranked opponents. They were at 25 against FBS with winning records. 22 and change against conference. All games were 19.8.
So...tons of Holiday Bowl appearances, and two transcendent QB's?
"I don't hate you, I'm just not necessarily excited about your existence."
I always see that statistic used with practically every team on a football broadcast at one point or another and it's never clarified.
It isn't some magic pill that rushing the ball will get you wins like its made out to be. It's a symptom of the nature of football. When a team has a lead it will almost certainly outrush it's opponent because the opponent will be forced to throw the ball to catch up while the team with the lead will want to keep the clock moving and will tend to mix in more runs. Therefore teams with 2nd half leads tend to rush more and also tend to have more rushing yards. That doesn't mean they got the lead by running the ball initially though.
You go back and look at the UT teams that were quality run units and do your damnedest to explain how we passed to win. Or even to take a lead. Texas didn't rack up those stats sitting on 4th quarter leads. In fact, UT's inability to salt away a game via the run had been a point of contention every year that GD was here save 98 and the advent of VY. Think about it.
What part of last night's O made you think we could eat clock handing off the ball if we had to? Did you notice that our play action post to Davis was mia?
I'm not a fan of qb improvise your way to victory football. Ash has a lot of promise in my eyes, but ultimately, he's not that guy. A team has to have an elite system to completely eschew one part of the offense for another. We've had exactly three teams that have been so good at one thing or the other that they nearly won it all. One did. The other two lost pivotal games because they were too one dimensional. One couldn't pass in 2004, and one couldn't run in 2008.
I don't have a problem with pass to score and run to win. I saw nothing last night that made we think we could do the latter.
I got brains. I got big ol' brains. I got dinosaur brains.
The stat doesn't only apply to Mack brown teams, it applies to every football team. I've seen stats where it says if the Cowboys outrush their opponent or of the Patriots or Bears outrush their opponent they have a good record. That's indicative of the fact that you don't come from behind in football by running the ball in the 2nd half, and the team with the lead is more apt to run the ball in the 2nd half than the team that is trailing. Of course it isn't always 100% as no stat ever is, but it is highly skewed by that fact of football. To me that's not even up for debate
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